Mario: When I
first heard Mind's Eye I completely re-evaluated the way I practice. (I'm
sure a lot of guitarists did) How did you prepare for that release in terms
of building up your chops to such a high level?
Vinnie Moore: I have always been totally obsessed with playing guitar. Before
that CD came out I was practicing around 10 hours a day. I really didn't think
about it much, I just simply love playing.
M: Last year you released Defying Gravity, which is a great album.
There are more acoustic guitar passages and great overall melodies and themes.
Musicians are generally their own toughest critics. Were you happy with the
V: I'd have to say that I was pretty happy with the overall result. I always
get crazy about the mixes of my record's and would have liked to remix a few
of those tunes. You have to let go and call it finished at some point though.
I do like the way I have included some of my acoustic and Latin influences
along with the electric stuff.
M: I know you are building a new studio in your home. Has technology
changed the way you write and/or arrange music?
V: Yes and no. My songs still start the way they always did. Me with a guitar
in my hand and a portable cassette recorder. Once I get started on a new idea,
it's impossible to get it out of my head. I'll wake up at 3 in the morning
and I'm immediately hearing it again. And so I come up with a lot of ideas
from just thinking about a tune. It's like it's fermenting in my mind - ha!
Technology has definitely made the process easier and more convenient though.
I record all of my guitar stuff at home now which is something I always dreamed
of being able to do. I hated it in the past when you had to go in a studio
and record 10 guitar solos in 8 hours due to budgetary restrictions. That's
totally the wrong frame of mind to be in when you are creating. It is incredible
that technology has evolved to the point where one can record stuff in a home
studio that sounds as good as any pro studio. If you have the right "ears"
of course. Having a system like Nuendo has also made arranging and editing
so much easier. I can now do things in seconds that in the past would have
M: Recently you recorded a song for a RUSH tribute album. I know you
used a Multiac Steel for the recording. How did it turn out?
V: Actually I did rhythm guitars for the entire record. I also did a couple
of solos and lots of melody lines here and there. I used the Multiac on the
acoustic oriented song "Different Strings". It turned out great!
It really sounded great and was easy to get a good tone. All I did was plug
it in and fiddle with the guitars EQ settings for a minute, and then I was
recording. I love it when a tool is a transparent part of the recording process.
I can't stand twiddling knobs for an hour to get something to sound right.
This makes me frustrated and then I don't feel like playing anymore. I love
it when you plug in and the sound is just about there.
I also play the Multiac acoustically around the house. It sounds great that
way too and I like the way it plays.
M: What's your signal path when recording with the Multiac?
V: I used the XLR output and went to my Daking Mic/Pre EQ and then to an ART
VLA compressor. I only used the mic/pre section of the Daking, not the EQ.
This is typical for me. I usually will only use the EQ section if it is needed.
The VLA was used more for recording a hot level without overloading. From
there, the signal went into a MOTU 2408 and into my computer where I recorded
M: Have you ever thought of recording an acoustic album? I love the
acoustic stuff on Defying Gravity.
V: Yes! I am not sure that I will do it but it is something I have considered
a few times. Thanks for the kind words.
M: You've done many different things besides your solo releases, music
for video games, commercials and of course toured with Alice Cooper. Would
you ever consider joining a band again? Is that something that interests you?
V: Sure. I would like to join a band with about 4 Playboy bunnies who like
to rehearse in the nude. That would rule - ha ha! I would consider joining
a band - sure.
M: Who are you listening to these days?
V: Anything good I can get my hands on.
M: Are there any new bands that you dig?
V: I think Staind is a great band. That dude writes some good tunes.
M: What's next for Vinnie Moore? New album, tour?
V: I am gonna form the band I mentioned above with the Playboy girls. I will
definitely get rich with this project. Then I'll hang at the mansion with
Hugh Hefner, drink myself into oblivion, blow all of my money on stupid investments
like expensive cars, then be broke in 6 months. All kidding aside, I will
be doing another solo record soon.
M: Sounds like
a plan. Thanks Vinnie.
*Mario Biferali is
a Product Specialist at Godin Guitars.